Dallas quarterback Quincy Carter practiced with the first team yesterday as his thumb appears to be healed enough to play against the Raiders on Sunday.
The rookie has missed the last two games, both Cowboys losses. Dallas is 0-3 on the season.
"He threw the ball well and handled everything," head coach Dave Campo said. "Barring any unforeseen situation, we feel like he is going to be ready to go."
Carter was not very accurate on Wednesday but rustiness was claimed to be the culprit for several incomplete throws.
"It was just a little bit of rust after not practicing for a couple of weeks," Campo said. "When it was thrown right to somebody, he was fine. On a couple of crossing routes, he was a little bit high and that comes from throwing balls."
Carter started on opening day after being selected in the second round of the 2001 draft. He was named the starter after Tony Banks was released after some poor performances during the preseason.
Sunday's opponent won't be a complete mystery for Carter since the Cowboys played the Raiders during the preseason. Carter led the Cowboys to a 14-3 halftime lead by throwing for close to 100 yards on 6 for 11 passing. He scored on a 16-yard option run in the second quarter. The Cowboys won 21-6.
Hearst Puts Injury Concerns to Rest
49ers running back Garrison Hearst, who was almost released during the preseason, had a big game against the New York Jets on Monday night by rushing for 95 yards on 20 carries. San Francisco won 19-17.
Hearst missed the last two seasons due to complications in his recovery from a broken ankle. His career was in jeopardy but he showed on Monday that his ankle is fine.
"I think every week it's really getting better," Hearst said. "I'm feeling more and more comfortable. I don't even think about the ankle any more."
The 49ers rolled over the Jets with 233 rushing yards. Rookie Kevan Barlow tallied 83 yards on only 9 carries.
"Sometimes I didn't know which way to run because the holes were so big," Barlow said. "'G' was hitting it and I was hitting it. We just got into a rhythm."
Hearst was forced to restructure his contract due to salary cap concerns before the opening week of the season. He gained 48 yards on 14 carries and 24 yards on 4 receptions during week 1 against the Falcons. He helped set up the game-winning field goal with an 10-yard run in overtime.
Pro Dawgs Injury Report:
- Cowboys LB Orantes Grant is doubtful with a sprained ankle
- Bills RT Jonas Jennings is listed as questionable with a hip injury.
- Broncos RB Terrell Davis is out with a knee injury.